GAINESVILLE, Va., January 25, 2012 – Twenty year-old Kevin was beginning to think his dream of becoming a police officer would never happen. He had trouble concentrating on his schoolwork and, even though he studied constantly, couldn’t seem to remember what he’d learned. His grades began to suffer – and so did his hopes of having a career in law enforcement.
During his search to find a physical reason for his problems, Kevin’s audiologist told him about Dr. Tod Davis and the success he was having with vision therapy. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Davis diagnosed Kevin with convergence insufficiency, a condition in which the eyes fail to work together to focus and transmit messages to the brain. After six months of vision therapy, Kevin is seeing great results.
“My school work has really improved,” he said. “I passed all my fall semester classes and raised my GPA to a 3.2.”
Patients with convergence insufficiency commonly complain of headaches and blurred, or double vision while doing close work, such as on the computer or at their desk. They frequently have short attention spans and problems remembering what they’ve read. They often squint or rub their eyes.
“Many times these problems are diagnosed as learning disorders,” Dr. Davis said, “when in actuality, a vision problem is the culprit. That’s why we’re here.”
Dr. Davis administers a comprehensive vision exam which includes visual skills testing to determine how the eyes work at close distances and as a coordinated team. The tests also measure muscle control and other age-appropriate visual perceptions.
But better grades aren’t the only benefit Kevin has seen from vision therapy. “I’ve grown more confident socially and my sense of humor has improved,” he said with a smile. “I feel like I accomplish things quicker. My lifetime goal of becoming a police officer is now obtainable – and I’m sure I’ll be a good one.”
“I’d recommend Dr. Davis’ vision therapy to anyone. It changed my life and it can change yours.”
Dr. Tod Davis Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy Services offices are located in Gainesville, Fredericksburg and Winchester, Virginia.